We are approaching our one year anniversary! This past year has been amazing and we look forward to providing the greater Hazleton area and beyond with awesome craft brews and awesome music. With that being said, the first year included trial and error as well as success. We have weighed a lot of things and want to update you on some forthcoming changes.
We have decided to alter our hours a little bit so we can maintain the level of awesome you deserve. Beginning Monday November 28, 2016, our hours will be as follows:
Sun.-Thurs.: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Fri.-Sat.: 11:00am - 12:00am
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Sun.: 11:00am - 10:30pm
During the summer months (May-Mid September) our hours will be as follows:
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We are so very grateful to all of you who continue to come out to the Tap to have fun with us. We are excited and ready to serve!
See YOU at the Tap!
Happy Fall everyone!
This really is an amazing time of year to live in northeastern Pennsylvania. The scenery comes to life in such a colorful way, but it also reminds us of the change to come.
Here at the Tap, we welcome change. We may trip and stumble along the way, but we learn and grow from it too. We understand our over 100 craft beer offerings may seem intimidating to you. We know some of you have a "favorite" beer you have been drinking for years that we do not offer. Heck, some of you may not even like beer (that's a tough one for us to accept). We are also aware that you may have never heard of the musicians and bands we bring here to play. We also understand the different styles and genres of music we feature, may not interest you.
This is why our staff is here. For YOU! On any given day or night, you can ask Scott, Sam, Cally, Sue, Kristy, Kim, or myself about helping you explore and discover craft beer. We offer small samples of our 25 craft beers on tap and one firkin to ease you into the diversity of flavors and varying alcohol percentages present in each of them. Our bottle and can menu also provides helpful blurbs about each craft beer.
We are also very excited about the eclectic mix of musicians and bands that play at the Tap. This is something unique to our area. The musical experience is a focus of ours and we are trying to create a listening room for you to discover something new. We are grateful to feature national and regional talent from as far as Australia, Texas, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and NYC as well as showcasing great acts from right here in Pennsylvania. Listen to previous and upcoming acts here.
You can also enjoy tap takeovers, top-shelf bourbons, a variety of wine and meads, daily craft beer specials, delicious soups and sandwiches, giant Bavarian pretzels, board games, Sunday NFL Ticket, Vinyl Night on Tuesdays, special events, an outdoor patio with a fire pit....oh, and we also have two couches (and they are wicked comfy).
Stop by for the experience you need. We're here to help you have fun while you discover something new!
We've made it, at least those of us in regions with 4 seasons, we've dredged through short days and cold weather, snowstorms and christmas shopping, we've eaten way to much holiday turkey and drank enough pumpkin beer, barleywines and imperial stouts that our waistlines are ready to pop. Anyways enough of that crap...we are now starting to see buds on the trees, robins are returning, days are getting longer, spring is in the air and with that brings us a whole new lineup of beers for us to enjoy. Instead of 10% ABV barrel aged beers that have the power to coat our palettes through cold nights, we are now bombarded with Kolsch's, Saisons, Wheat Beers, Witbier, Summer Ales, Session IPA's and everythiing in between. It is the time of the season to cool the palette instead of warming the soul.
Beers abroad with orange, yellow and white hues. Lightly hopped and refreshing to make sure you don't sweat through the upcoming 90 degree days. Works of art with brighter days and warmer weather in minds. Can's, bottles and draft flowing with golden goodness. So I am going to keep this blog post short and sweet!!! Craft beer is univerals and seasonal!!!! Cheers to the spring and summer!!!!
As I venture further into the craft beer industry it truly surprises me how misinformed many people are, not by their own fault, but by falsely advertised products. Just because a product claims to use “Colorado water” does not equate that the revenue being generated goes 100% back into the local Colorado economy or the American economy. So to say the least, as a craft beer lover, it truly irks me when I have a list of 20 beers the are 100% American made and people ask me why we don’t carry any American made beer. Now for the truth…
The top three “American Breweries” (I’m not mentioning any names, you will have to do the math) are owned by or have joint ventures with companies in Belgium, London and China respectively. Now for the hard truth, 90% of the beers you will see in my taproom and many others throughout the country, are brewed by 100% American owned companies, who have a 100% positive effect on the American economy. Now it is hard to say that most Taprooms and Craft beer bars won’t have a few breweries who have sold stakes to larger companies on draught or on their bottle list, this is just a cold reality due to the many acquisitions that have taken place over the past few years. It’s still business and I do not blame these companies for selling for large sums of money, but I also give props to players like Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head who still keep it private and American and refused to sell out to larger corporations. I also give credit to people like Dick Yuengling (Yuengling Brewing) and Jim Koch (Boston Beer Company), for keeping very large scale operations strictly American. What we need to understand is, just because a beer is advertised as American does not mean it supports America. As of right now there are 3,000+ breweries out there chasing the American dream and putting money back into a struggling economy, a few of which I offer at my taproom. We need to look past the notion that if a beer is dark or malty or hoppy that it is not an American beer.
As a Pennsylvania boy, I need to give credit to many of the local people who continue to support our local and national economy like Troegs, Victory and Yards who are some of the larger players in the Pennsylvania beer scene. I also need to send love to Philadelphia who has made SEPA a craft beer mecca. Props to Philly and SEPA brewers like Neshaminy Creek, Evil Genius, Tired Hands, Funk, Free Will, Triumph and the many more I haven’t mentioned. Being a Northeast PA boy, I have to give credit to my very local guys, Conyngham Brewing, Berwick Brewing, Breaker Brewing, Marley’s Brewpub, Turkey Hill Brewing, Old Forge Brewing, Barley Creek Brewing and the many others who have introduced great, American produced beer to an unfamiliar market. Much love to our New England Brethren like the Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, Lawson’s Finest Liquid, Maine Brewing Company, Trillium and the countless others producing beers that are ultra local but people travel hundred of miles to enjoy. Also a shout out to the west coast OG’s like Sierra Nevada, Russian River, Rogue, Anchor, Deschutes and the like for making the industry what it is today. And last but not least, thumbs up to the local taprooms who go outside the box and provide beers from these great, American Breweries and introduce new pallets to real American beer.
So next time someone asks for a real American beer, introduce them to a West or East Coast IPA, an American Wild Ale, an American Wheat Ale, an American Imperial Stout or an American version of the many European styles that our ancestors have enjoyed in the past. Also inform them that through consumption of these products we are 100% supporting our local a national economies, and if they drink craft, they drink local and they definitely are drinking American…